Would it be Wise for the Colts to Trade Andrew Luck?

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

With Andrew Luck likely being ruled out for the rest of the season and Jacoby Brissett playing well, should the Colts consider trading Luck?

Andrew Luck has suffered a setback in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, and multiple Colts reporters are speculating that he will be shut down for the remainder of the 2017 season.

General manager Chris Ballard finally saw the need to upgrade Indianapolis’ backup quarterback situation at the end of training camp and acquired Jacoby Brissett in a trade with the New England Patriots. The 23-year-old Brissett has shown a ton of promise during his run as the Colts’ starter, and he continues to improve each week as he gains a better understanding of the playbook.

Andrew Luck has suffered multiple serious injuries in his six-year NFL career as the Colts have failed to sufficiently protect him.

A majority of NFL teams would love to take on Luck‘s injury baggage just to have a chance at potentially having a top-five quarterback.

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The Colts could potentially pick up a couple of high draft picks in an Andrew Luck trade as they continue to build a more balanced roster around a quarterback that is still on a cheap rookie contract.

Letting Andrew Luck go could remind Indianapolis fans of another franchise quarterback who moved on after serious injury in Peyton Manning. However, the Colts didn’t really get much compensation for letting Manning walk in free agency, whereas they have the potential to pick up a ton of value for Luck while he’s still under contract.

This is an incredibly tough decision for Ballard to make in his firs year as a general manager, but trading Luck for two first round draft picks and additional compensation of some kind may be the correct move.